Companies debut new products and improved versions.
Wohler unveils metadata analyser and touch-screen monitor
Audio/video monitoring systems manufacturer Wohler Technologies is unveiling two new products today, along with several upgrades to existing systems.
Its new Audio Metadata Analysis System enables operators to analyze the data in a Dolby stream and correct any problems caused by incorrectly set metadata. Already shipped to HBO, the product has an alarm system featuring TCP/IP communication to an included PC alarm and logging software package.
Wohler’s space-saving Touch It video monitor features two seven-inch wide high- resolution touch screen LCD monitors. One monitor displays the video on 12 1.8-inch thumbnail touch-selectable images, with the on-air feed outlined in red. An operator can touch any one of the 12 video displays in order to see it displayed larger on the second seven-inch monitor.
Quantel’s Newsbox goes HD
Quantel has introduced an HD version of its Newsbox system. With prices starting at $250,000, Newsbox HD is available in both “HD now” and HD upgradeable” versions and works with HD acquisition formats such as XDCAM HP, P2 HD and HDV. At NAB, Quantel has dedicated a quarter of its booth space to demonstrating how its sQ server-based broadcast production system interconnects with steps in the newsroom workflow. In the exhibit, sQ interconnects with Panasonic’s P2 HD and Sony’s XCCAM HD cameras, Pathfire’s Digital Media Gateway, Front Porch DIVAWorks archive system and DayPort’s Carbon output technology.
Three major product launches at Snell & Wilcox
Snell & Wilcox has expanded its portfolio by adding three new products. Its Quasar broadcast upconverter uses motion estimation techniques to produce full resolution HD images, no matter how fast the action on-screen. This is particularly useful for sports broadcasts, which can lose up to half their resolution during fast-paced scenes, said Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing for Snell & Wilcox.
The company’s new Hyperion automated monitoring system uses algorithms that mimic human intelligence to monitor audio and video metadata. This enables broadcasters and other program suppliers to maintain the quality of their video, even as the number of channels and multiplatform programming opportunities they offer proliferates. “The amount of information people have to monitor is astounding, so mistakes get through,” Zaller said. One of Hyperion’s advantages lies in the fact that it begins monitoring video at the point of ingest, stamping content so it can be tracked and alerting operators to problems early on.
Finally, S&N’s Helios software-based conversion platform makes it easy to repurpose programming on platforms ranging from mobile and video on demand to podcasts and IPTV. Usable in both the streaming and file-based domains, Helios resizes, reformats and reshapes images so they’ll look their best no matter what size the screen displaying them. The wide-screen shots of HD broadcasts, for example, don’t play well on mobile phones, but Helios zeroes in on the area of interest and reframes the shot automatically for the tiny screen. What’s more, the conversion happens in real time, so sports highlights, for example, can ring up mobile phone users very quickly after a play airs live on TV.
Helios “allows for automated and cost-effective mobile content,” Zaller said.